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  September 13, 2007

The new Permanent Representative of Mexico to the Organization of American States (OAS), Gustavo Albin Santos, presented today his credentials to Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, reiterating his country’s “steadfast and indeclinable” commitment with strengthening the hemispheric body.

“Today we are confronted with old and new challenges. The commitment of Mexico with the OAS has been steadfast and indeclinable. We want to strengthen the Organization so that it can respond every time more effectively and efficiently to the challenges and problems facing the Member States,” the Mexican ambassador said during the ceremony held at OAS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

According to Albin Santos, his country’s Inter-American related priorities are hemispheric security and development. To achieve results in those areas, he said, it is essential to consolidate the work as a team, so that the national achievements can influence in the regional sphere, and at the same time, the regional progress can have an impact on the States of the Organization.

While receiving his credentials, the Secretary General welcomed the new envoy and described as “admirable” the way that President Felipe Calderón’s government has confronted, in the months he has been in office, the main challenges of development, economic growth, and issues related to the fight against crime.

Insulza noted “the courageous way in which [the President] has fully asserted his decision to confront drug trafficking and organized crime, with significant costs, but certainly with a policy that is encouraging for all and also, conveys to the entire continent the need to follow in the same direction and the same decision.”

The new Permanent Representative of Mexico replaces Ambassador Alejandro García Moreno Elizondo, who received an emotional farewell during a recent session of the Permanent Council. Gustavo Albin Santos has an extensive diplomatic career that includes serving in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Service. During 2001 and 2004 he served as Permanent Representative to the International Organizations headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

Reference: E-217/07